Russia has reportedly transferred weaponry of US and European origin captured in Ukraine to Hamas militants, Kyiv has claimed.
This action, reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense (HUR) on Monday, is part of a broader strategy by Russia to discredit Ukraine within the Middle East.
The aim is to accuse the Ukrainian military of regularly providing Western-made weapons to Hamas terrorists. Russian authorities plan to propagate these narratives through specific exposé publications in Western media outlets.
To lend credibility to these claims, Russian intelligence intends to leverage statements from Senior Lieutenant Ruslan Syrovoy, a recent defector from Ukraine's border service who has sought refuge in Moscow, as reported by HUR.
These accusations are intended to sow doubt among Western nations and disrupt the flow of arms to the Ukrainian Defense Forces.
On Oct. 7, Israeli territories experienced a significant rocket barrage from the Gaza Strip, with armed Hamas militants infiltrating southern Israel. In response, the Israel Defense Forces initiated Operation Iron Swords, launching retaliatory actions against the Gaza Strip.
On Oct. 8, the Israeli government declared a state of war for the first time since 1973. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Gaza's population to evacuate and warned of a “long war.”
Consequently, on Oct. 9, the Israel Defense Forces announced successfully regaining control over all municipalities bordering the Gaza Strip.
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